Editor's Note: This article is a written version of a presentation at the SPE Forum on Deepwater Appraisal and Development in Breckenridge, Colorado, in July 2000.

Prognosticating the future in our industry is problematic at best and totally maddening and futile at worst. However, assessing what the trends of the future will be is critical to our success as an industry, and especially to our success in technology development. The range of technologies that our industry employs and will employ in deepwater operations is vast and impossible to cover in the space provided. However, I would like to glimpse at...

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